Donald Trump and Barack Obama to meet at White House

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President Obama is to welcome his successor Donald Trump to the White House for talks aimed at smoothing over the transition of power.

It could prove a difficult meeting with Mr Trump having questioned Mr Obama’s US citizenship and promising to dismantle some of his key policies.

Mr Obama though has said he is “rooting” for Mr Trump after his shock defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Thousands have taken to the streets of major US cities denouncing Mr Trump.

Mr Obama – who for his part had branded Mr Trump “unfit” for office and campaigned against him – urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday’s election.

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he said.

The defeated Mrs Clinton also told supporters Mr Trump had to be given a “chance to lead”.

In his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of division”, after an acrimonious election contest, and to be “president for all Americans”.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted Mr Obama will be sincere about ensuring a smooth handover when he meets Mr Trump, although he added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy meeting.”

With the Republicans holding a majority in both chambers of the US Congress Mr Trump has an easier path to pass his laws and scrap key Obama initiatives like his healthcare reforms.

The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday morning (1600 GMT) by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Source: BBC

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Did You Know: Kenyan babies were named “AirforceOne” to honor Obama’s visit

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Obama’s trip to Kenya had some residents so thrilled they named their new babies after the president. And at least two babies were named after the president’s airplane.

Born Friday, little AirForceOne Barack Obama was one of eight babies born in the city of Kisumu during the president’s recent visit.

‘I have decided to call my baby AirForceOne Barack Obama so that we can all remember Obama’s visit to Kenya because it is a huge blessing,’ Lucy Akinyi Okoth, one of the mothers, told AFP.

Another mother went short and sweet, naming her boy AirForce One.
‘I have been told that it is the best aeroplane because it carries a very powerful leader of America who is also a Kenyan,’ Lucy Atieno explained.

In addition to the takes on the president’s (and his plane’s) name, three girls also got Obama-related names.
One was named Michelle , another was called Malia and a third was named Malia Sasha after both Obama girls.

‘I could not call my daughter any other name,’ said Wilkister Anyango, new mother to Malia Sasha.

Fulfilling the hopes of millions of Kenyans, Barack Obama returned to his father’s homeland Friday for the first time as U.S. president, a long sought visit by a country that considers him a local son.

Source: Daily Mail

Photos: Kenya-U.S. Uhuru-Obama Joint Press Conference

 U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during a joint press conference with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during a joint press conference with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta leave after their joint press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta leave after their joint press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

U.S. President Barack Obama(L) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta attend a joint press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015.  Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
U.S. President Barack Obama(L) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta attend a joint press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Source: Xinhuanet.com